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Alex Faedo pitches Gators into College World Series finals

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Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night. No. 3 national seed Florida (50-19) will play Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday night. Fourth-seeded LSU (52-18) advanced with a 6-1 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Saturday. TCU (50-18) had beaten the Gators 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all…

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ACC, ESPN to launch ACC Network in 2019

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The Atlantic Coast Conference’s television network will launch in August 2019, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The person also said ESPN and the ACC also will start a digital channel next month that will be available online. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the network has not been formally announced by ESPN or the ACC. The launch of the network will be discussed this week when the ACC holds its preseason…

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Last Clemson-Alabama game launched dynasty, led to change

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The plan was for a Clemson coming-out party. The Tigers had finished strong in 2007 and entered the 2008 season with a Top 10 ranking. It seemed like the perfect time for the Tigers to take on a marquee Southeastern Conference opponent at an NFL stadium in a nationally televised game. Turns out it was Nick Saban and Alabama that made the statement in the Georgia Dome. Coming off a 7-6 season, the Crimson Tide crushed No. 9 Clemson 34-10…

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Alabama on verge of unprecedented run, with Clemson in the way

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Regardless of the outcome of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under coach Nick Saban. If Alabama beats the Tigers to win a fourth national title in seven seasons, the argument may be settled. There was talk early in the season after Alabama lost to Mississippi that the…

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Northwestern, Tennessee coming to Tampa for Outback Bowl

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The Outback Bowl announced on Sunday that the No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10 will square off against the No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers from the Southeastern Conference on New Year’s Day. The game will mark the second meeting between the schools with Tennessee winning the 1996 Citrus Bowl, 48-28. Northwestern enters the game with a 10-2 record, finishing second in the Big 10’s West Division. After winning their first five games, they suffered two lopsided losses to Iowa…

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CFP rankings: Tide rolls while Gators & FSU still in playoff hunt

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For those in the chorus that sings about SEC bias in punditry and polling, you have some sheet music before you. The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are now out and if the playoffs were to begin today, two Southeastern Conference teams would be among the four playing for a championship. The on again, off again, on again romance between college football pollsters and Alabama is back on again. After a fall from grace prompted by a home loss to…

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Gators firmly in control of their own destiny

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After Saturday’s 21-3 win over the Missouri Tigers, the Florida Gators can feel good about a conference win on the road against a quality opponent. They can feel great about their immediate future. By improving their conference record to 4-0, the Gators are firmly in command of their post season future. They are now the odds-on favorite to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Going into Saturday, Georgia and Florida were…

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